What is it about?

Risk of death from COVID-19 may be increased by several risk factors, such as age, sex and presence of pre existing diseases. We investigated wheather the risk of death was also increased for patients admitted to the hospital during the peak of the first wave of COVID-19 in Brazil, when hospitals and clinics were overwhelmed by large number of people getting sick at the same time.

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Why is it important?

It's important to figure out how the strain on the healthcare system during epidemics affects patients' health outcomes. This information can help us prepare better for future outbreaks and create treatment plans based on scientific evidence, while making sure resources are used wisely.


This article was written by a group of healthcare workers who provided important care to people during the challenging first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also gathered information about the characteristics of people who died of COVID-19 in Brazil and tried to find things that we can change in the future to be better prepared for another pandemic.

juliana ferreira
Universidade Cidade de Sao Paulo

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This page is a summary of: Mortality over time among COVID-19 patients hospitalized during the first surge of the pandemic: A large cohort study, PLoS ONE, September 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275212.
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